January 12, 2007

World’s oldest Ford to be sold at auction

Dearborn, Michigan – A car described as the world’s oldest Ford will be offered for sale at RM Auctions in Arizona on January 19, 2007. The Ford Model A Rear Entry Tonneau was sold by Henry Ford in 1903.

The car has had only four owners in its 104-year existence; records show it was purchased initially by Herbert L. McNary of Iowa for $850. It was sold to car collector Harry Burd around 1950 for $400 and restored. Burd sold it to a Ford dealer in Switzerland for $6,500 in 1961, who lent it to the Ford Motor Works in Cologne, Germany in the late 1980s where it spent 15 years on display in the company’s foyer. The current owner purchased the car from the Swiss dealer in 2001.

The car features a 100-cubic-inch, 8-hp, two-cylinder engine, two-speed transmission, live rear axle suspension and mechanical brakes. Ford used a succession of letter names for his cars, but returned to the Model A name in 1928 after discontinuing the popular Model T.

The car is expected to bring between $400,000 and $500,000 at the auction. For more information, visit RMauctions.com.

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